LibriVox recording of Hand and Ring, by Anna Katharine Green.
Read by Richard Kilmer.
Widow Clemmens is struck down in her parlor while the town's legal professionals chat outside the courthouse down the street. An investigation is made and two equally plausible suspects are quickly unearthed. But is either guilty? And what role does the mysterious Miss Imogene Dare play in this drama? A classic Green mystery notable particularly for the extended courtroom scenes in the second half of the book. (Summary by Richard Kilmer)
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August 16, 2013 Subject:
Good (Long) Mystery
The murder is cleverly plotted, and the naughty behavior of some of the suspects is well explained at the end. The way the threads of circumstantial evidence are carefully woven at the beginning, and carefully unwoven during the trial sequences is also impressive.
What's different (and what may annoy some) is the unveiling of the murderer comes a little earlier than is usual, and the last part of the story involves a team of detectives discovering the motive of the crime, rather than the traditional whodunnit.
The reader does not dramatize at all. Instead he contents himself with a clearly enunciated "books for the blind" approach that sometimes works against the melodrama in the story.